Personality Type Dog Breed

A Study Revealed What Your Favorite Dog Breed Suggests About Your Personality


| LAST UPDATE 10/19/2021

By Scarlett Adler

Finding a pup whose personality matches their owner is a crucial part of adoption. Based on research presented at the 2012 British Psychological Society convention and other sources, here's what your favorite dog breed says about you.

German Shepherd

Active & Sporty

German Shepherds are generally an active and sporty breed. And, those that adore them are often the same! According to the 2012 study, German Shepherd lovers are extroverted, but are often more outgoing with their close friends.

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The American Kennel Club described German Shepherd's temperament as confident, courageous, and intelligent. This kind of dog personality matches well with owners who have a competitive side. Like the breed, challenging lovers of this dog to a race might result in a loss.


Sweet & Adorable

Pomeranians are widely thought of as small, sweet, and adorable, with those fond of them oftentimes being perceived in a similar light. The 2012 study noted that Pomeranian people are generally easy-going and open-minded, with deep-rooted passions and a vivacious spirit.  

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The American Kennel Club ranked the small fluffy animal number 23 of 197 in popularity, signaling that they are a well-liked breed! Pomeranians are widely known to bring ear-to-ear smiles to their humans with a curious, bold, and lively temperament. 


Affectionate & Alert

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most infamous corgi-lovers. Like the Queen, other Corgi-owners have been known as sociable and tend to soak up the spotlight. According to the study, they typically enjoy travel and exploring new places while leaning into their sometimes quirky personalities. 

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Some Corgi lovers believe that the dog's affectionate, intelligent, and alert personality traits are why the breed is so adored. In fact, the American Kennel Club ranked the Corgi a 68 of 197 in popularity, which puts them in the top 35% of wanted dogs, according to the organization. 


Strong & Independent

Like Greyhounds themselves, many of the people who favor this breed are typically the strong and silent type, as reported by the study. Greyhounds might feel intimidating to some animal lovers. However, these gentle and quiet creatures have large hearts.

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And the study said their owners are likely to, as well, since Greyhound lovers have extremely strong family ties. Like the breed, The American Kennel Club reported the humans of this pet as noble, very intuitive, and tend to stay calm in stressful or emotional situations. 

Border Collie

Hardworking & Adventurous

Collie fans are widely known to be hardworking, driven, and focused with adventure in their blood, and an active lifestyle in their hearts. According to the study, many collie-lovers enjoy spending time with others, as long as the group is more on the smaller size.

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When befriended by a Collie, it's fair to assume that the chosen human replicates enough of the breed's traits to be trusted. Ellen DeGeneres is one of many famous Collie-owners. She and other lovers of this breed enjoy their furry friend's devoted personalities.


Confident & Loyal

Huskies are described as born leaders, and their human companions often are too! The 2012 study reported the breed as a strong-willed and confident animal who knows what they want. They tend to protect their packs (both 2 and 4-legged) at all costs. This is usually met with security and stability in return. 

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The American Kennel Club ranks Huskies as 14 of 197 on their popularity list! The organization described Huskies as highly active, loyal, and outgoing, with a love for sports and the outdoors. The 2012 study reported that lovers of this breed typically also enjoy being immersed in nature and live adventurous lifestyles. 


Active & Social

"If they're outgoing, they tend to want an outgoing dog," claimed psychologist Lance Workman. Here, the author referred to the people who own and love Labradors and refrain from taking life much too seriously. Instead, many fans of this breed live with an open heart.  

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Labs are very active creatures, much like their humans. Social and loyal, many of those who have Labradors in their homes "Are outgoing and open to trying new things," said Theresa Viestro, the American Kennel Club representative for Labrador Retrievers. 


Charming & Mischievous

The study observed that pug fans have a great sense of humor, just like their furry friends! Those who love pugs enjoy laughter and positive thinking. Also, like their pets, owners and lovers of the breed might be slightly uncoordinated, open-minded, and artistic. 

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The American Kennel Club reported that pugs could be just as charming as they are mischievous. And, boy, can they be tiny rascals! But, like one famous pug owner, Paris Hilton, the breed is ranked highly. In fact, they place number 28 of 197 on AKC's list. 


Determined & Persistent

Bulldog owners, such as Adam Sandler, Winston Churchill, and John Legend, are typically independent extroverts. Many who share a home with the breed love to cuddle up on the couch. Their personalities can come off as intimidating to some, but there isn't much to fear in actuality, reported the AKC

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Victoria Larson, a French bulldog owner and AKC representative, stated that bulldogs are "Determined, persistent, and do not give up easily." The French bulldog joined the American Kennel Club's Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in 2014, proving that they've been growing in popularity throughout the years. 

Australian Shepherd

Smart & Energetic

Those with an Australian Shepherd likely need a lot of energy to keep up with their dog. Often happiest when running around outside, the breed lives life to the fullest and is constantly hungry for the next adventure, whether it's to the dog park or the next state over.

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American Kennel Club labeled this breed as "Smart, work-oriented, and exuberant." Coupled with many owners of Australian Shepherds often being curious and open to learning new things, as said by the study, and it makes sense that many of these pups and their humans have such great chemistry!

Golden Retriever

Agreeable & Easygoing

According to the study, people who own and love Golden Retrievers have an incredible way about them that eases people's minds and relaxes them. Not only can they be agreeable and easygoing, but they would rather ensure the group's happiness before attempting anything that would potentially rock the boat.

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Think about it: Unhappy-looking Goldens don't really come around often! Like the 4-legged animals, many Golden Retriever people love with their entire hearts and always "Go after what they love in life." That's likely why Golden's ranked number 3 of 197 on the American Kennel Club's list!  


Protective & Insightful

Lovers of Rottweilers often come off as intense. According to the study, both the pup and their human owners tend to be very protective of their families and loved ones. Many who are fond of the breed have also been reported as insightful beings. So keep those Rottweiler-lovers close!

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The organization explained that with a loyal, loving, and confident temperament, Rottweilers are often the ones to step up to a challenge, should one arise. The same is to be said for lovers of the breed, as they act the similarly and can be counted on to take charge of a situation when necessary.


Graceful & Sassy

There's no denying that Chihuahuas get a bad rap most of the time. From their high-pitched barks to their stereotype of being high-maintenance, many might be surprised to learn that the 2012 study reported the breed as much easier to get along with than one would think! 

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The American Kennel Club described Chihuahuas as graceful, sassy, and charming. With an AKC estimated life expectancy of 14-16 years, it makes sense for lovers of the dog to have patience and sympathy. Their pets could bring all of the sass to the bowl at dinner time but would likely get praised the same.


Inquisitive & Loyal

Landing at number 6 of 197 in popularity on the American Kennel Club's list, Beagles are "Inquisitive, loyal, and willing to learn new things." With Beagle lovers tending to be willful, curious, and open to new experiences, they can bring just as much laughter to the room as when a Beagle's ears flop when they run. 

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Like the Beagle, the study reported that owners of the breed may never finish exploring what the world has to offer them. These dog parents are typically thought of as wonderful friends to surround themselves with. And, when emotions are involved, they remain level-headed, calm, and ready to help.

Shih Tzu

Friendly & Relaxed

According to the staff of PetPlace, owners and breed lovers of the Shih Tzu are typically friendly and nonjudgmental. They make a great confidant and thoroughly enjoy a calm and relaxed lifestyle. The American Kennel Club ranked this breed 20 of 197, meaning it has become quite popular over the years!

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Shih Tzu lovers might not be the people to take on additional tasks if they aren't necessary, but if someone is looking for someone to spoil or pamper, they are the people to call! As the American Kennel Club phrased it, "Being cute is a way of life" for these charming creatures.

Great Dane

Responsible & Patient

According to dog trainer Cesar Millan, those who fancy Great Danes are responsible, good-hearted, and "Put one hundred percent into everything they do." Like the big and noble breed, these pooch-loving people are alert and welcome interactions where a good impression can be made.

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One who owns a Great Dane may be extraordinarily patient or very reserved. The study explained that many people with these giant dogs as pets have a large love for tradition and family. They often come home a day of hard work ready to lounge the night away.


Intelligent & Protective

According to the 2012 study, many owners and lovers of Dobermans are incredibly protective of their families and loved ones. They understand that their favorite breed might look scary or intimidating, but it's easier to see how much of giant love bugs these dogs can be once getting closer. 

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The study reports that just like the breed, those who love this kind of dog might be seen in the same light by others - hard-shelled until one gets to know them a bit more. Those who feel a connection with this animal likely share high intelligence and interest levels.


Energetic & Loyal

Aside from their spots, Dalmatians are widely known as highly loyal, energetic, and playful pups. They have been described as needing a lot of socialization and exercise to remain happy. In addition, these dogs are protective and make for excellent watchdogs. But, what does this mean about lovers of this breed?

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Like Dalmatians, those who think highly of this breed are likely to be playful and outgoing themselves, as said by the study. This could manifest in hosting dinner parties or table hopping at an event, making sure to say hello to everyone. But, their social butterfly characteristics don't mean they aren't also sensitive beings.

Jack Russell Terrier

Athletic & Lively

Those who love Jack Russel Terriers have been widely hypothesized as the athletic type, one who enjoys friendly (but competitive) games. They may be slightly stubborn and have strong opinions, like the breed, and won't budge when their mind is set on something. 

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Despite this, these dog lovers are known to be "Easy-going and lively." They tend to go with the flow of things, and like the curious and open-minded Jack Russel Terrier, these pooch people are loyal and keen. The American Kennel Club reported this breed coming in at 82 of 197 in popularity rank.

French Bulldog

Stubborn & Determined

The American Kennel Club asked Victoria Larson, a French Bulldog owner and AKC representative, about her thoughts of what the everyday bulldog owner was like. In a word, she summed it all up: "Stubborn." Entering the AKC's Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds list in 2014, the French Bulldog has proved to be rising in popularity. 

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Expert of all things dog, Cesar Millan, explained that Bulldogs are "Determined, persistent, and do not give up easily." The American Kennel Club reported this breed as being able to get along well with other animals and enjoy making human friends. Thus, many lovers of this dog enjoy those kinds of connections very much as well.


Elegant & Intelligent

It has been reported that owners and lovers of Poodles often mimic the breed's traits. Both have an elegance about them. While the pooch and those who favor it might be attracted to the finer things in life, they are also known to be intelligent and quick learners. 

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Many Poodle owners and admirers have been reported to have a deep-seated love for the arts and enjoy nearly everything that culture has to offer them. These kinds of individuals may thrive when meeting new people and can be very confident, especially in the way they walk.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Reserved & Patient

The 2012 study reported that those who adore Cavalier King Charles Spaniels do not handle being alone for long periods of time well. They can quickly become lonely, but not many would report themselves as being shy. Instead, they may view themselves as effortlessly reserved around people they are unfamiliar with. 

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These dog lovers also have the great trait of patience and may also have a knack for empathy and fearlessness. These individuals might even surprise their friends, family, and loved ones by being up for a challenging hike after a day of shopping or driving around the city. 


Bold & Friendly

The Schnauzer is another pup whose owners and lovers mimic their personalities. According to the study, many enjoy the small things in life, such as a fresh tennis ball or a hot cup of coffee in the morning. They are the bold and friendly type who's always ready for the next big adventure.

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The American Kennel Club ranks the popularity of the Schnauzer at 89 of 197. Not only are these dogs sociable companions and alert watchdogs, but they, like their owners and admirers, are friendly and have the ability to sniff out issues as they arise. 


Playful & Confident

The Boxer is a breed that, like their devotees, finds humor in many of life's situations. Boxer-lovers are very playful and might even have trouble being serious every now and again, according to Widely known by their loved ones as happy people, these characters are typically in a good mood.

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Per the 2012 study, owners and lovers of the Boxer breed are widely thought of as cheerful, confident, and bright people who have the ability to light up any room. Another crossover between the behaviors of these dogs and their humans is their intelligence. Not only are they smart, but they typically leave any snobbiness at the door! 

Yorkshire Terrier

Loyal & Sassy

There's no denying that Yorkshire Terriers are sassy. And, their owners and those whose favorite breed is the Yorkie are oftentimes somewhat the same. The study reported these dog lovers to not put up with anyone telling them what to do. Yet, if on their good side, they're massively loyal to those they care about.

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Both humans and animals prefer companionship over anything else. And, according to the study, they thrive in settings where they are surrounded by family and friends, especially when at the center of attention. But the dogs and humans alike reportedly never lose sight of their feisty and energetic personalities.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Calm & Kind

It's been reported that Bernese Mountain Dog lovers live by one important motto: Keep calm and carry on. These big-dog fanatics have been described as kind, patient, and willing to learn from mistakes instead of getting angry over them. And, when these canine-lovers occasionally lose their temper, they reportedly forgive quickly. 

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The American Kennel Club ranks the Bernese Mountain Dog 22 of 197, making them one of the more popular pooches on our list! It's also been stated that people who love BMD's are typically adventurous, large-hearted, and of affectionate nature. Many do not have trouble forming connections with others. 


Clever & Easygoing

According to the 2012 British Psychological Society study, those fond of Dachshunds are typically sweet, clever and are often who others turn to for advice. They are the ones to throw great parties, and despite coming off as easy-going, these dog lovers are regularly unhesitant to step up to the plate when needed. 

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Running and swimming might not be these dog-lovers preferred activities or the favorite of the canines themselves. However, these pups are living proof that some of the sweetest things in the world can come in the smallest of packages. This might all contribute to Dachshund's popularity rank of 12 of 197 on AKC's list. 

Old English Sheepdog

Playful & Courageous

Like the Old English Sheepdog, those who love this dog tend to be the silly person in the group who will do anything to spark a laugh. It's been reported that these individuals have the ability to lighten any mood and stand up for loved ones confidently, like the loud, ringing bark of the breed.

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Despite the fluff, Old English Sheepdogs move around thanks to a bear-like shuffle. But surprising to many, they are infamous for their quick feet! These canines have been described by the American Kennel Club as watchful, courageous, kind, and intelligent, just like those who love the breed.

Pit Bull

Sympathetic & Smart

Pit Bull lovers have been reported as extremely accepting people, according to study results. Pit Bulls frequently being negatively stereotyped as a breed makes for extremely sympathetic and open-minded canine fans. This crowd is typically easygoing and pure to the bone.

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Pit Bull lovers can be very imaginative souls who exude confidence in themselves. The American Kennel Club ranks Pit Bulls 85 of 197 on the popularity scale, but with their "Smart, confident, and good-natured" temperaments, they usually attract forever-homes that live by the same lines. 

Cocker Spaniel

Respectful & Gentle

Cocker Spaniels have a reputation for being sweet, respectful, and gentle animals. And, their owners and lovers of the kind are typically the charming and affectionate type, according to This dog might live in a household where their human is a busy bee, but many don't seem to mind much.

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Maintaining a group of close friends and focusing on busy life happenings are typical traits that people who love Cocker Spaniel's display, as explained by dog expert Cesar Millan. While work might be a high priority for these people, end of the day cuddles with their pooch is what many look forward to.